HPV is a dangerous virus. Find out more.

Jabs For The Boys: let's beat HPV

Human papillomavirus (HPV) causes cancer and other serious diseases in both sexes.

Girls in the UK are vaccinated. Boys will also be vaccinated but no date for this has been announced.

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For Parents

Thinking about getting your son vaccinated? Everything about HPV and the vaccine for the parents of boys.
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For straight men

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For health professionals

Information about HPV and the vaccine for health professionals.
HPV causes cancer and other serious diseases.
7,000+
HPV cancers every year in the UK
5
% of cancers caused by HPV
200
Types of HPV virus
16 & 18
Most dangerous types of HPV

What is HPV?

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the name for a group of viruses that affect the skin and moister areas of the body such as the cervix, anus, mouth and throat.

HPV is usually passed on through sexual or skin-to-skin contact. It causes 5% of all cancers in men and women as well as other diseases.

But isn't there an HPV vaccine?

Yes.

Since 2008, all girls in the UK have been offered the vaccine by the NHS with the result that, today, the vast majority of girls are vaccinated.

Boys will be vaccinated – but not yet.

So why aren't boys being vaccinated?

Two reasons:

When HPV vaccination began in the UK, there was less evidence about the cancers the virus could cause in men.  But we now know for sure that HPV causes many cases of cancer in men as well as genital warts.

The government announced in July 2018 that boys will be vaccinated but has not yet set a date by when this will happen.

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